The Lost Ogle


Oklahoma City News, Entertainment & Occasional Humor • Established 2007

James Lankford (or his clone) goes to Sport Clips…

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James Lankford isn’t even a U.S. Senator yet and he’s already embarrassing his home state.

In what has to be the worst accidental product endorsement for a business of all time, we’ve learned through the Ogle Mole Network that Oklahoma’s next Senator, James Lankford, apparently gets his hair cut at Sport Clips. Yes, good old Sport Clips. The place where guys who suck at life win.

Here’s some photo evidence of his visit:

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We pissed off the Tecumseh newspaper…

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The Josh Cockroft plagiarism scandal – sure, we’ll be all legitimate and call it a scandal – is the gift that keeps on giving.

If you remember correctly, we told you a few weeks ago that State Rep Josh Cockroft plagiarized portions of a Heritage Foundation abstract for a blog post on his website. The following week, we learned that Cock’s local newspaper – The Tecumseh Times – republished the same blog post as a newspaper op-ed.

Here’s our write-up about fiasco. It included a few lazy zingers aimed towards the newspaper:

Last Thursday, we told you that arts-hating, Batman suit-wearing, Derplahoman State Representative Josh Cockroft blatantly plagiarized excerpts of a 2013 Heritage Foundation article for an anti-gay marriage blog post that he wrote for his website.

Thanks to the Ogle Mole Network, we’ve now learned the same piece was also published in the print edition of the Tecumseh Countywide News, which is apparently Pottawatomie County’s leading source of plagiarized news and opinion…

After seeing [the column], I played the role of legitimate journalist and called the Tecumseh Countywide News for comment. Here’s what a spokesperson said:

“We are aware of it and we’re working with Representative Cockroft on the issue.”

The person on the phone wouldn’t elaborate any further, so we don’t know what type of work they’re going to do with Cockroft. Maybe they’ll help him uncover more obscure abstracts and columns to plagiarize, or perhaps get a Tate Publishing ghostwriter from the Philippine’s to handle his future writing duties. Better yet, they could also go with one of those clickbait content farms that are all over the web. If Cockroft’s next blog post is about the “8 Most Dangerous Towns In HD27″ or a round-up of “12 Cat GIFS That Will Make You Want To Eliminate Public Arts Funding,” you’ll know something is up.

Okay, that’s not too bad. I made a few digs at the newspaper and then closed it with an absurdist idea where we have Josh Cockroft hire Ryan Tate to ghostwrite his future plagiarized blog posts and newspaper columns. It could have been meaner, right? Just ask Ryan Tate, who is currently writing a new book about blowing goats at the Lake Hefner Canal.

In response to our blog post, the Tecumseh Times editor / publisher Wayne Trotter (this sweet little old man) published an editorial in this week’s paper praising us for our investigative journalism skills.

Via the Tecumseh Times:

Before we get too far into this editorial, we want to thank the website which calls itself The Lost Ogle for finding and revealing the remarkable similarities between a column written by Rep. Josh Cockroft and an article previously authored by Ryan T. Anderson of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. We published the Cockroft version of that opinion piece and we probably wouldn’t have known about this situation if The Lost Ogle hadn’t gotten on the case. We needed to know and we appreciate the website’s good work in uncovering and reporting on just how much alike those two columns are.

Why thank you, man who calls himself Wayne Trotter! We appreciate the kind, extremely gentle words. Hopefully our little shots at your paper didn’t ruffle any feathers. There’s no possible way you could have known Cockroft was that big of a weasel.

As a result of what The Lost Ogle reported, Gloria Trotter, co-publisher of The Countywide & Sun, contacted Rep. Cockroft and was given an explanation that appears elsewhere on this page. It is up to each individual reader to decide whether his explanation is acceptable. Our position is simply that we want work that appears under any writer’s name in our columns to be original. Period. That’s the way it always has been and as long as we’re running this newspaper, that’s the way it always will be. We’re confident people around here know that.

Yes, it’s “up to each individual reader to decide” if Cockroft’s inconceivable excuse is legitimate or not. Translation: The Tecumseh Times knows Cockroft is a liar, too! That’s hysterical, but I understand why they can’t just come out and say it.

Anyway, take a look at what other nice things Mr. Trotter and the Tecumseh Times has to say about us…

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The OU band is still angry…

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Now that OU sucks at football again, I guess it’s time to turn our attention to another depressing thing at the University of Oklahoma: The state of the marching band.

Around this time last year, members of The Pride of Oklahoma grumbled and complained about the direction and leadership of the program under new band director Justin Stolarik. Things got so heated and awful that the band released a set of demands to David Boren and the tuba players threatened to strike (and / or switch to mellophone). Hell, I even compared Stolarik to Howard Schnellenberger and suggested he resign. That’s how bad things were.

Much like the Pride’s halftime marching performances, all the drama and demands apparently fell on deaf ears. David Boren wasn’t going to let a bunch of virgins, Doctor Who fans and every good boy who does fine tell him how to lead his university. Stolarik was his guy and he was sticking with him.

Well, the controversy is now heating up again like a flute at band camp. Last week, alumni band leaders pooled together some cash they earned through teaching private lessons and advertised an open letter to David Boren in The Oklahoman, Tulsa World and Norman Transcript. I guess they forgot to email us for ad rates. Silly band nerds. They were probably too busy wetting their reeds or something.

Anyway, the alumni band complained about the direction of the program and the University’s totalitarian way of keeping things quiet.

Via the Tulsa World:

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Warning: Block your neighbor’s tacky Halloween decorations with trash cans at your own risk…

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Channel 5 sure knows a good Halloween decoration news story when they see it.

On October 11, the Oklahoma City news channel did a piece on some Edmond man’s Halloween lawn decorations that included a cheesy Obama tombstone. I guess some neighbor complained that it took “Halloween too far,” because apparently an annual celebration where people dress up like dead celebrities, Ebola zombies, murder victims, sluts, and even wear black face, has some sort of limitations when it comes to appropriateness.

Naturally, the story went national and probably got KOCO some decent web traffic and video views. Looking for similar success, they decided to tell us about some more Halloween decoration drama on Friday. This time around, it had to do with a fireman losing his cool when his neighbor blocked Halloween decorations with a trash can.

Via KOCO.com:

An Oklahoma City firefighter was arrested late Thursday night on complaints of assaulting a neighbor. According to police, it all started over Halloween decorations.

Matthew Jones worked hard on his haunted Halloween home in southeast Oklahoma City. It’s covered in ghosts, ghouls, spiders and other decorations. When a neighbor put two large trash cans in front of his beloved display, he got angry.

“I admit I was frustrated,” Jones said during a phone interview. “I kicked the trash can over and started the altercation as far as kicking the trash cans but at no point did I ever take a swing at him.”

The neighbor asked not to be identified. He claimed he came running out of his home when he heard his trash cans fall over.

The neighbor reported Jones pushed him and called him a racial slur. Jones claimed he was protecting himself and denied using the slur.

The police report said that Jones called the neighbor the N-word.

“I did not. I called him other words but as far as I recall I did not say that word,” Jones said.

Jeff Damron lives across the street and had no idea there was a problem.

“I was pretty shocked and surprised. It’s a really nice neighborhood,” he said.

Jones faces a city charge of assault and battery.

I can see the fireman’s frustration. If I spent all day building a Halloween nativity scene graveyard in my front yard, and then my jealous neighbor had the audacity to block it with his trash cans on trash day, I’d, uhm, well, think that was totally normal and not think about it.

But who knows. Maybe I’m wrong. Let’s see what this yard and Halloween decorations look like:

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College Football Musings from the Train: Week 8

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10) The meltdown

It is October 18th, 2014 and I have no idea whether the University of Oklahoma is any good at football. I thought they were pretty good….one month ago. Now two losses and a ridiculous win later, I have my doubts whether this team is any better than the 2013 or even 2009 squads.

Saturday afternoon, at home mind you, Oklahoma out gained Kansas state by 200, won the time possession by five minutes, and committed only three penalties, yet lost 31-30 on what can accurately be described as a colossal meltdown of global proportions. The offense committed monumental mistakes. The defense was hideous the first 40 minutes. Special teams … a shitshow. It was a total loss by what I thought was a pretty good team entering October.

The Sooners were pwned in the first half until a final drive to end the first 30 minutes, which ended in a shanked field goal and pretty sums up the 2nd half. Despite rushing for nearly 200 yards and passing for over 300, the offense was unable to overcome a pick six and an insanely idiotic reverse pass INT in the end zone, as well as a terrible defense, losing 31-30 to Kansas state on homecoming no less.

At some point OU fan must succumb to the realization that Mike Stoops has done a terrible job with this defense. This is the most talented OU defense in a least a decade, and they can’t stop anyone. They made Texas look good and Kansas State’s QB look like the second coming of Johnny Manziel. They can rush the passer (when allowed). They do an average job against the run. But they are horrible … HORRIBLE … defending the pass. There is no one at the back of this defense that can cover anyone with a pulse, save Zach Sanchez. Ahmad Thomas can’t be the best Stoops can put out there. I can’t be convinced he’s the best free safety on this team. It just isn’t possible.

This team is schizophrenic. I don’t know what to expect drive to drive, much less game to game.

Of course, if the offense could just stop doing stupid shit …

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9) Trevor Knight and the play calls

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